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Welcome to I Love My Job, the series where we hear from people who really love their jobs. In this edition, we sat down with Em Audet, an Associate HR Specialist at GXO Logistics.
After the start of the pandemic and getting their master’s degree in 2019, Audet “desperately” wanted to join the HR field. They got this chance in February 2021 by joining GXO as a CWR (a temp worker) before quickly moving to a full-time HR position in July 2021. “GXO gave me the opportunity to grow and shine in my career path,” shares Audet.
And after entering the company, Audet discovered what being a game-changer means. “To become a game-changer is to be inclusive,” they explain. “It's to respect one another and know that your words are valued no matter what the idea is or what you are doing… It is an amazing opportunity.”
Audet has experienced this inclusive culture firsthand. “As a nonbinary person who transitioned while starting at GXO, I never felt left out,” they tell us. “I never felt different, and I never felt ashamed of who I am. I was accepted with open arms as I was, and that's not something you find at every other job — that is something that was specific for GXO. I was able to feel so comfortable being who I genuinely am as a person and didn’t have to worry about side glances or misgendering.”
Audet shares that everyone at the company is thoughtful and open-minded. “My favorite thing is being able to come to work as my true self and not have to think about anything else,” Audet says. “I can just be and do my job to the best of my ability.”
In the video below, Audet tells us more about why they love working at GXO Logistics. We also provide lightly edited highlights from the video discussion in the following article.
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I have this really awesome opportunity to make the work lives of other people more exciting and more valuable. Everyone's been in those jobs where they're in their car and they don't want to go in. I don't have that ever.
I go in every single day, and whether it's community outreach or an employee engagement at my site, I'm able to make it fun and interesting and give something that other jobs may not be able to provide. Last year, we did a dunk tank event and we were able to raise $605 for St. Jude's Hospital just because they wanted to dunk their management and HR! It’s just a really cool opportunity to make work fun.
The culture of GXO is everything. It is everything that needs to be there to have a job that you will stay at for a long time. It's inclusive, it's fun, and it's the future. They are always pushing toward the future and thinking 10 or 15 years in advance. They're always ahead of the game, and that's a company that I want to be at. I don't want to stay in the past; I want to keep moving forward.
One of my favorite things about GXO’s benefits is the Grow at GXO program, which is a set of learning tracks where our associates can sign up for course work on GXO University and shadow their superiors to learn new things such as pit operation, being a clerk, being a supervisor, being a site manager, and being HR. They have different sessions to provide the ability to learn new things, which I absolutely adore because my associates get excited about that, which makes me excited. And they keep adding new classes every single day, too.
Go for it. You are entering a company that will love and support you no matter what and will push you to the point you want to be at. And that's amazing! You're going to be excited, you're going to be challenged, you're going to be inspired, and it's going to be awesome.
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